Category Archives: Current Issues in the Church
Current Issues in the Church
There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.
A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.
Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.
A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.
How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?
Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.
CNA: In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the end times, saying that faith will be increasingly pushed out of the public square and that persecution of Christians is a “prophecy” of what is to come. The Pope directed his comments to those gathered in the chapel of the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his daily Mass on Nov. 28. Reflecting on the day’s … More →
CNA: Choosing to be faithful, the Pope continued, is equally important in both smallest and the most difficult situations, highlighting how throughout the history of the Church we see that there are “men, women, old, young, that make this choice.” “When we listen to the life of the martyrs, when we read in the papers of the persecution against Christians today,” he observed, “we think of … More →
From Catholic World News, we learn that the Holy Father denounced the “adolescent progressivism” that would throw away our traditions in the interest of being conformed to the values of the world. He did this in the context of meditating on the deuterocanonical First Book of Maccabees: During his homily at Mass on November 18, Pope Francis called the first chapter of the First Book … More →
AsiaNews: Two priests from the underground Church are in prison since early October. They are “guilty” of having organized catechism classes for adults in the town of Qinyuan , near Baoding (Hebei ). The two men are Fr. Tian Dalong and another priest whose identity is unknown to AsiaNews, both in their 40s. They were arrested and isolated in police barracks in Baoding, an area with … More →
Controversial, yes, but true. Otherwise, we don’t believe in Church dogma or the reality of the sin of heresy. Michael Voris makes some good points in this video. To the line “we don’t talk about religion and politics here,” he has added a third forbidden subject, sex. Regarding the older form of that yarn, Brother Francis once made an innocently humorous response to someone while … More →
CNA: According to a Catholic writer in Italy, Pope Francis was aware that his reported words in an Oct. 1 interview published in “La Repubblica” could be misunderstood, and took measures concerning this. Antonio Socci, a Catholic columnist for the Italian newspaper “Libero,” wrote Oct. 27 that after the publication of the interview, Pope Francis was fully aware of the risk of misunderstanding of some of … More →
Reading the masterpiece of Catholic spirituality, The Interior Life Simplified and Reduced to its Fundamental Principle, I came across a passage that speaks eloquently of the importance of faith to one’s moral worth. (The passage may be viewed in context here — bottom of page 107, continuing to the next page.) No, it is not the autonomous conscience, the doing of one’s own will, or … More →
Dr. John Lamont, a Catholic academic with a canonical mandate to teach theology, has written an account of how a scholarly paper he wrote was refused publication in a “conservative” academic journal. It is not only traditional Catholic priests and religious who are institutionally marginalized, but laymen as well, even when they and their work are deserving of merit, and that merit is acknowledged by … More →
The TFP’s Luiz Sérgio Solimeo has written a brief piece on the attempted rehabilitation of “liberation theology” that is now taking place. Let it be said here that “liberation theology” is not Theology, since Theology is — as the name would suggest — the study of God. Many other “theologies of the genitive” (e.g., the “theology of the body”) could also be excluded for that … More →
Of course, the question is rhetorical. But with headlines like “Pope Francis reaches out to atheists and agnostics”, and “Pope Francis assures sceptics: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven” floating around, the question might actually be asked by someone, especially given the abysmal state of catechesis these days. It may take a few days till an accurate English translation of … More →
UCANews: Tensions between the Chinese government and unregistered Catholic communities have increased with the detention of four priests last month, according to a report by the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of Hong Kong. The report was submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday in a pre-session meeting ahead of a Periodic Review of China’s human rights record scheduled for Oct … More →
I want to begin these lines by setting a positive tone. As a journalist who has written for most of the nation’s conservative or Traditional Catholic publications, during the past half century I have dealt close-up with more high-ranking Churchmen than the average Catholic ever will and have had the utmost respect for some. Let me name a few. There was Austin Vaughn, Auxiliary of … More →
Asia Bibi’s book, Blasphemy: A Memoir: Sentenced to Death Over a Cup of Water is now available. This is the Pakistani mother of five whom I spoke about at last year’s conference. Here is an excerpt from the book: More and more people join the crowd as they push me towards the home of the village headman. I recognize the house — it’s the only … More →
Catholic Online (Taken from end of report): The last point highlights a growing danger for Christian communities which have seen a rise in violence since Morsi\’s ouster against individual Christians, priests, and churches. Indeed some priests have been murdered and various churches have been attacked and vandalised. As if in response to Zawahiri\’s call, a group of pro-Morsi militants arrived at the Church of Saint George yesterday in Sohag … More →
Ave Maria! The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary express our deep fraternal respect and sympathy to our friends in the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. A most troubling situation has afflicted their community. We have avoided saying anything on the subject because too much is being said right now, and much of it is uncharitable, foolish, and morally corrosive. (For that reason, I … More →